Two Departments Combine Talent

Two Departments Combine Talent

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Alyssabeth Cantu and Larry Savoy posing as Chava and Tevye from the production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Alyssabeth Cantu and Larry Savoy posing as Chava and Tevye from the production of Fiddler on the Roof.

The curtains will finally be drawn for the long awaited production of Fiddler on the Roof this weekend at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the Little Theatre.

TAMUK Theatre and the TAMUK Opera Workshop joined forces to produce the musical theatre masterpiece that tells the story of Jewish milkman Tevye, who strives to maintain “Tradition” as he sees his three oldest daughters fall in love.

The large cast that has been rehearsing since late January not only consists of TAMUK students, but also local elementary students.

“There are 33 TAMUK students singing on stage, 17 local elementary students in the children’s chorus, and there is a 9 member pit orchestra, comprised mainly of

TAMUK music majors,” Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, Dr. Melinda A. Brou, said.

One of the reasons this production was possible was because of a grant that was given by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. The production was fully paid for to provide these students with a high-level musical performance experience on stage and in the orchestra pit.

“The Kingsville Independent School District has no music education in public schools until the 5th grade,” Dr. Brou said. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for local elementary students as well as provide the South Texas community a high quality, low cost, family friendly arts experience.”

“Audiences can expect a visually stunning show that features beautiful music, both played and sung, with lots of humor as well as some deeply touching moments,” Dr. Brou said.

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